Author, authors

For six years, Nevada Humanities Committee brought distinguished writers and poets such as Annie Proulx and Robert Pinsky to Reno as part of its Great Basin Book Festival. But last year, the committee decided to put the festival on hiatus while its members figured out how to reconceptualize the popular literary program. The wait is over. This week, Arab-American poet and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye kicks off the NHC’s new program, the Books and Authors Series. The series features a different author each month through March. Each author will spend a few days in Reno talking and interacting with the public. Nye, who is also a member of the National Humanities Council, gives a presentation, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 27, at the Prim Theater inside the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St. Tickets are $10. Nye also gives a reading and holds a Q & A session with Washoe County School District students at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive. Finally, she gives a presentation titled, “What’s Important Now: Art and Politics in a Post-9/11 World.” The free program begins 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Sierra Building 108, Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd. Call 784-6587 or visit www.nevadahumanities.org.—Kelley Lang